Power to the People

Power to the People
Guest Selector: DeRay Mckesson
As a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, DeRay Mckesson is passionate about giving voice to ordinary people who want to change the world for the better, leading him to be named as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2016. He is particularly focused on issues of equity, justice and youth rights, and has been praised by Barack Obama for his work as a community organiser, not least for in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of Mike Brown. Mckesson talks to writers Casey Gerald, Ibram X Kendi, Fatima Bhutto and Regina Porter about why everyone, no matter
who they are, should have a role in making a better society.

Ibram X Kendi with DeRay Mckesson

Building an Antiracist Society

Saturday 10 August 10:30 - 11:30

We all occasionally do things that are racist, yet often fail to recognise them. Ibram X Kendi is a founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center in Washington DC. How To Be an Antiracist is his extraordinary, inspiring guidebook which...

Derek Owusu & Johny Pitts

Black European Lives Matter

Saturday 10 August 16:00 - 17:00

With white supremacism on the rise across the world, the battle against racism in Europe is far from won. Derek Owusu and Johny Pitts take up the fight with books that illuminate the interplay between black lives and European cultures. Owusu is editor...

Casey Gerald with DeRay Mckesson

Miracles Can Happen

Saturday 10 August 19:15 - 20:15

Called ‘extraordinary’ and ‘electrifying’ by Marlon James and Colm Tóibín, Texan writer Casey Gerald’s powerful memoir traces fault lines in American racial and masculine identity. There Will Be No Miracles Here examines how Gerald grew up...

Fatima Bhutto & Regina Porter with DeRay Mckesson

Powerful Portraits of Humanity

Sunday 11 August 14:15 - 15:15

Do novels fairly reflect human diversity? Fatima Bhutto’s The Runaways and Regina Porter’s The Travelers offer sweeping portrayals of life and society in Pakistan and the USA. Bhutto’s novel moves between Karachi and southern England, telling a...

DeRay Mckesson

The inspirational activist

Sunday 11 August 17:00 - 18:00

In 2014 DeRay Mckesson quit his job and moved to Ferguson, Missouri to protest against the police shooting of Michael Brown Jr, an unarmed African-American teenager. He spent the next 400 days on the streets as an activist and helped bring the Black...